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 for intercept
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intercept \In`ter*cept"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Intercepted; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Intercepting.] [L. interceptus, p. p. of
     intercipere to intercept; inter between + capere to take,
     seize: cf. F. intercepter. See Capable.]
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     1. To take or seize by the way, or before arrival at the
        destined place; to cause to stop on the passage; as, to
        intercept a letter; a telegram will intercept him at
        Paris.
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              God will shortly intercept your breath. --Joye.
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     2. To obstruct or interrupt the progress of; to stop; to
        hinder or oppose; as, to intercept the current of a river.
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              Who intercepts me in my expedition?   --Shak.
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              We must meet first, and intercept his course.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     3. To interrupt communication with, or progress toward; to
        cut off, as the destination; to blockade.
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              While storms vindictive intercept the shore. --Pope.
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     4. (Math.) To include between; as, that part of the line
        which is intercepted between the points A and B.
  
     5. To overhear or view (a communication or message intended
        for another), without hindering its passage; as, to
        intercept a telephone call.
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     6. (Sports) To catch and take possession of (a ball passed
        between members of an opposing team); as, the back
        intercepted the pass and ran the ball back for a
        touchdown.
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     Syn: To cut off; stop; catch; seize; obstruct.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Intercept \In"ter*cept`\, n. (Math.)
     A part cut off or intercepted, as a portion of a line
     included between two points, or cut off two straight lines or
     curves.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  intercept
      n 1: the point at which a line intersects a coordinate axis
      v 1: seize on its way; "The fighter plane was ordered to
           intercept an aircraft that had entered the country's
           airspace" [syn: intercept, stop]
      2: tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The
         FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is
         this hotel room bugged?" [syn: wiretap, tap, intercept,
         bug]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "intercept":
     arrest, attend, attend to, auscultate, be all ears, bend an ear,
     block, bottle up, bug, catch, check, cock the ears, countercheck,
     curb, cut off, dam up, damp, dampen, deflect, delay, detain,
     eavesdrop, examine by ear, give attention, give audience to,
     give ear, grab, hark, head off, hear, hear out, hearken, heed,
     hinder, hold back, hold in check, hold up, impede, inhibit,
     interfere, interfere with, intermeddle, interrupt, intervene,
     keep back, keep in check, lend an ear, listen, listen at,
     listen in, listen to, meddle, oppose, repress, resist, restrain,
     retard, scotch, seize, set back, sit in on, slacken, snub, stop,
     suppress, take, tap, trap, wiretap
  
  

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